‘Prayers in the Parking Lot’ Sunday at Holy Trinity

Published 10:39 pm Friday, April 1, 2016

Flip-flops, shorts and lawn chairs are all welcome at “Prayers in the Parking Lot,” an outdoor worship service offered by The Church of the Holy Trinity.

“On Easter, I said Christ’s resurrection turns mourners into missionaries,” the Rev. Beth Palmer said, and beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, parishioners of the church will break from tradition and hold an outdoor informal service geared toward reaching out into the community with music, food and worship.

“This is the third year in a row we have done this after Easter in the parking lot,” Palmer said. She considers this event as an outreach ministry to the community.

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“We do it because it is something different, and it opens us up to the community a little bit,” Palmer added.

Logan Peay, a long time member of the church, said informal services following Easter Sunday have been a tradition at the Church of the Holy Trinity — even prior to the services held in the parking lot.

“When All Saints School was still active, we used to have a big picnic out there, and one year we went to the Riverfront Park,” she said.

Peay said she enjoys a switch of venues with the outdoor service.

“After the formality of the Easter service, I enjoy this service because it is more relaxed,” and added the outdoor service is one of her favorites along with the Christmas and Easter services.

The ritual of Holy Communion will still be observed during the informal worship service, Palmer said, but the music will include a band and amplifiers.

The Patrick Smith Band will be performing for the Sunday service. Their program will include “Down by the Riverside,” “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

“People get into the music and the kids also participate in the songs,” Peay said.

Following the service, a free lunch will be served, which will include jambalaya, bread, salad, a beverage and dessert.

“In the event of rain we’ll move the service indoors,” Palmer said, but added the weather report was looking good.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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